Rafael Narvaez

Rafael Narváez is a sociologist educated in Lima, Peru, and at the New School for Social Research in New York City. His research involves, broadly, the intersections of sociology, psychology, and biology, and he is particularly interested in questions pertaining to embodied collective memory. 

His current projects include an “Enduring Questions” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (# AQ-234985) to prepare a class that traces the development of the body/soul rhetoric in the West. His representative publications include “Embodied Collective Memory: The Making and Unmaking of Human Nature” (2013), and others listed in the attached curriculum vitae. 

He is also an ethnographer and has conducted most of his fieldwork in New York City, primarily in the areas of drug use and sexuality. He joined the WSU faculty in 2012.


  • PhD in Sociology | The New School, New School for Social Research 
  • MA in Sociology | The New School, New School for Social Research
  • BA in Media Studies | Universidad de Lima, Peru

View Rafael Narvaez’s CV (PDF).

Dr. Rafael Narvaez
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